Regions for Health Network annual meeting


Hosted by the Region of Tuscany, the 2014 annual meeting of the Regions for Health Network took place on 20-22 October in Florence, Italy.

20–22 October 2014, Florence, Tuscany, Italy

The main theme of the 21st Annual Meeting of the WHO Regions for Health Network (RHN) is whole-of-government and whole-of-society approaches to improve populations’ health. The 2014 Meeting will have an innovative structure using two main subevents to bring theory and practice in health policy closer together:

  • a capacity-building event
  • the RHN business meeting.

High-level capacity-building event

A capacity-building event will bring together representatives of main stakeholders, including high-level politicians and policy-makers, technical experts, academics and staff of WHO and other United Nations agencies. Keynote speakers will address:

  • intersectoral action;
  • coproduction of health;
  • investment in health from childhood through the life-course;
  • management of policy change; and
  • the role of advocacy and communication.

The aim is to translate into practice the principles and values of the European health policy, Health 2020.

RHN members will address these topics from a regional perspective.

RHN business meeting and workshops

RHN members will also describe and discuss their main activities during the last year, including:

  • the revision of knowledge areas, and an overview of the steering committee’s latest discussions;
  • two reports published by WHO/Europe in 2014, on initiatives in the Veneto Region (Italy) and Region Västra Gotäland (Sweden), with the latter to be officially launched at the Meeting;
  • thematic workshops on specific topics, such as scaling regional or national projects up or down; and
  • the introduction of the topic of migration and public health to RHN.


RHN consists of subnational actors from all over the WHO European Region who work to improve health and well-being. It promotes excellence and effectiveness in regions by promoting the sharing of resources and knowledge, and creating new alliances and mechanisms for cross-boundary cooperation and discussion.